Loyd W. Dodson LUBBOCK-March 8, 1922 - November 6, 2012 Loyd Dodson, 90, of Lubbock, formerly of Midland, passed away in the early morning hours of Nov. 6, 2012, at his home. His house was full of loving family members at the time of his passing. Loyd was truly a happy man. He lived a full 90 years of life, and his greatest joy was his family. He was a 35-year survivor of open-heart surgery, and his surgery was one of the first performed by the open-heart surgical team in Lubbock at the time. Funeral services were held on Nov. 8, 2012, in the Carter-Smart Funeral Home Chapel in Duncan, Okla., with the Reverend Danny Miears, a close family friend, officiating. Internment followed in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche, Okla. Loyd was buried with full military honors performed by the Stephens County VFW Honor Guard. Loyd was born March 8, 1922, in Harrisburg, Okla., to Bob and Maggie (Spain) Dodson. He married Inez Best Boydstun on July 16, 1955, and they celebrated 57 years of marriage this past summer. He worked in the oilfield for Amerada Hess Corporation, starting in a small oil camp outside of Duncan, Okla., and finishing in the Spraberry Field near Midland, where he retired after 40 years of service. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lubbock. As a teenager in the 1930s, Loyd worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and lived in the local CCC camp. The money he earned while working for the CCC was his family's main source of income during the dark days of the Great Depression and Loyd's deeply felt and lifelong duty to country and family began when he was still just a boy. Loyd was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Fifth Army initially staged in North Africa. He first saw action during Operation Avalanche, the assault landings at Salerno, Italy, and again during Operation Shingle, the landing of Allied forces at Anzio, Italy, and ensuing Battle of Anzio. From there, he advanced to France and continued across Europe. Loyd was proud of his military service and counted it a privilege to have served his country. He passed his love of country, which he believed included responsibility and duty, onto his children and grandchildren. So great was his belief in duty to country, he made the extraordinary effort to vote in this year's presidential election as soon as early voting opened knowing his life on this earth would soon be complete. Loyd is survived by his wife, Inez of the home; a son, Jerry Don Boydstun and wife Debbie of Longview; a daughter, Diann Anderson and husband Paul of Lubbock; a sister, Wanda Jackman of Mesa, Ariz.; and two grandchildren, Stephen Dean Parton of Longview, and Leah Anderson Clements and husband Travis of Lubbock. This Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, the family is hosting a going-home celebration for Loyd from 2 to 4 p.m. at the family home located at 6827 Hyden Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79424.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Nov. 29, 2012